10 Apr 2014 18:30
Rambling On: About Bohumil Hrabal
To celebrate the publication of David Short's translation of Rambling On: An Apprentice's Guide to the Gift of the Gab by the famous Czech writer Bohumil Hrabal (1914-1997), Dr. Peter Zusi, Lecturer on Czech with Slovak Literature, will lead a public discussion of Hrabal's work and on the process of translating the author's distinctive voice with David Short. The discussion will be followed by announcement of the winner of the Hrabal Translation Competition organised by the Czech Centre and a drinks reception to launch Rambling On: An Apprentice's Guide to the Gift of the Gab published in Prague by Karolinum. Admission free.
David Short is a former lecturer of Czech and Slovak at the School of
Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London. He has
written widely on Czech language and literature and his translations
include both academic and literary works. Among others his translations include works by Karel Čapek, Jaroslav Hašek, Jaroslav Seifert, Vítězslav Nezval and Bohumil Hrabal.
Bohumil Hrabal (1914 – 1997) was a Czech writer best known for his tragicomic portrayal of everyday marvels.
Nearly three million copies of Hrabal’s books were printed in his native Czechoslovakia during his lifetime and his work was translated into twenty-seven languages.
One of his best-selling works is the exceptional story written in a single sentence ‘Dancing Lessons for the Advanced in Age’, first published in 1964. Other Hrabal’s well-known novels and short stories include the titles Pearls of the Deep, Snowdrop Festival, Cutting It Short, Too Loud a Solitude, I served the King of England and many more.
Various Hrabal’s novels and short stories were adapted to film by Czech director Jiri Menzel, including the legendary Closely Observed Trains, which won an Oscar for best foreign film in 1967. To date remembered for his imagination and amusing satire, Hrabal is considered one of the greatest Czech writers of the 20th century.
Masaryk Room, SSEES, 16 Taviton St, London WC1H 0BW
10 Apr 2014 18:30
Czech Center is a coorganizer of the event